Budapest, Hungary
Marton, 25
MA Student, Cultural Assistant
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a bit about Marton

What are you working on these days?

I’m writing my final thesis for my International Relations Expert degree. I also work as a Cultural Assistant for a cultural Institute, and for an underground cinema run by an NGO. I’m also a freelance photojournalist, specialized for covering politics and events.

What drives you mad these days?

Too much work and not being able to enjoy the first days of spring.

What makes you happy?

First days of spring with the light winds, fragrance of blossoming flowers

When was the last time you cried?

I keep crying as a very personal way to express my emotions. The last time was when I received a letter from my girlfriend. That was definitely a happy cry.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Recenty I got hooked up on the album This is Acting by Sia, but usually I just hit shuffle and listen to random music.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Batman vs Superman. And no. It was a mass with no plot. On the other hand, the visuals and the music were exceptional.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

For shopping usually I ask my girlfriend to help me out and we go together to the city center to the popular shops.

What’s your go-to café in Budapest?

Definitley Butter Brothers. I am willing to travel one hour from home to there only for a latte, and a few kind words. They’re a really friendly crew, with delicious pastry and the best coffee in town.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

The river bank of the Danube (the Pest side in particular), the 5th District and the parks in the city center.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Budapest but never actually do?

Biking. It looks like fun. And good for your health as well. But you cannot move freely and I don’t like changing clothes and biking with all the papers and laptop on my back…

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

Ice skating. I didn’t have the chance to do that in the winter, so why don’t do it in the spring? Or cinema, watching the latest pieces from Hollywood just for fun. But I prefer theatre, so let’s go the Örkény Theatre in the heart of the city, which has very funny, but also serious plays

What’s that place in Budapest you feel like only you know about?

I’d say my workplace. It’s a small, literally underground artistic cinema near to the Parlamanent, called Cirko Gejzir Mozi. There is no day when I don’t need to tell to surprised people that “yes, this IS a cinema. And it has been like for 19 years”.

If tomorrow was your last day in Budapest before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

Wandering through places with family and friends, talking, drinking coffee and eating a lot.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I’d choose mine, the 3rd district. It is the old part of Buda, but also has a great potential to play an innovative role in the city with its green parks and modern infrastructure.

What’s the spot in Budapest you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Noisy discos, with drunk people inside.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

With my girlfriend. And for me it doesn’t matter where, so it’s up to her.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Going out, taking pictures in the city, or if the weather doesn’t let me do so, I just get a book and some lemonade and you can find me somewhere in the city where is cozy, and quite.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

In the summer I call a few friends and we gather on the top of the Akvárium, which is in the middle of the Deák Tér, and enjoy the warm nights, sitting in the grass, next to the pool. In the winter we go to a cozy not so loud place, such as Kino Café or Ahoy to drink tea and hot chocolate.

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